Handel’s Messiah

Sunday, December 15, 2019―4 PM    
Westview Presbyterian Church, Longmont
Longmont Chorale’s Viva Voce  – Scott Hamlin, artistic director
Longmont Symphony Chamber Orchestra
Elliot Moore, conductor

Ekaterina Kotcherguina, soprano
Claire McCahan, mezzo-soprano
Charles Moore, tenor
Joshua South, bass

Program Notes

Tickets $30; Students/Children $10


This performance is generously sponsored by:
Bill and Anne Boettcher
Harvey and Carol Yoakum

A Note from our Conductor:

As a work that has come to be known as a holiday classic, with annual performances at Christmas time across the globe, I wanted to bring this incredible work to our community. Despite its subject and text, there is no evidence that Handel ever intended an evangelical purpose. More than anything, Handel intended a charitable purpose for this work, consistently presenting it throughout his career for the benefit of the poor and needy.

Handel famously completed Messiah in a feverishly inspired 24 days. That said, he never really stopped working on it; Handel was constantly amending the score to suit the circumstances of each new performance he gave. This means that there is no one definitive version of the work for us to follow today. There have been performances with choirs of over 4,000 singers accompanied by orchestras of equal gargantuan size. That said, we have opted to present today’s performance of Messiah in the spirit of Handel’s time—with modest choral and orchestral forces—as we best know it from the distance of 277 years from its premiere.

I consider Handel’s Messiah to be one of the most inspired musical works ever composed. I hope that our performance elicits in each of you the same sense of awe, wonder, and joy that this work sparks in me.

Musically yours,

About Ekaterina Kotcherguina
Praised for her “fresh and exuberant” stage presence by the Daily Camera, Russian soprano Ekaterina Kotcherguina is a flexible performer, equally compelling when portraying light-hearted damsels or tragic heroines. She holds an affinity for music of the Baroque and Classical period and particularly enjoys singing innovative interpretations of the Baroque repertoire. Recent performances include Handel’s Messiah with the Hot Springs Music Festival, Schubert’s Mass in G Major with the Longmont Symphony Chamber Orchestra, concerts with the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Boulder Opera Company, Seicento Baroque Ensemble, and the Boulder Bach Festival, as well as chamber and solo recitals in Colorado and Arkansas. Winner of the 2017 Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition, Ms. Kotcherguina received her Performance Certificate in Opera and Solo Vocal Performance from the University of Colorado Boulder, and her Masters of Music degree from the University of Oklahoma. Her training includes Music Academy of the West, OperaWorks’ Advanced Artists Program, London Summer School of Voice, and the Up North Vocal Institute.

About Claire McCahan
Claire McCahan has been applauded for her unique tone and dedication to character and expression in operatic and concert performances. Her recent operatic credits include Olga in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, the title role in Handel’s Ariodante, Third Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Prince Orlofsky in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus (Eklund Opera), and Camille Claudel in a staged interpretation of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s Camille Claudel: Into the Fire (Opera Steamboat). Recent concert appearances include Handel’s Messiah at St. John’s Cathedral in Denver, under conductor Mathieu Lussier, the Boulder Bach Festival concert “From London with Love” featuring the music of Henry Purcell under conductor Nicholas Carthy, Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Longmont Symphony as well as the Cantabile ensemble of Boulder, and in Mozart’s Requiem with the CU Boulder choruses and orchestra. clairemccahan.com

About Charles Moore
Declared a “skyscraping tenor” in a review by Arkansan music critic Eric Harrison, Dr. Charles Moore hails from Kingston, Jamaica, and had his early music beginnings in the Boys Choir of the St. Richard’s Catholic School under the baton of internationally renowned conductor and musician Lloyd Hall. While maintaining an active national and international performance schedule, Dr. Moore received his Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Mississippi and his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts Degrees in Performance and Pedagogy from Louisiana State University. Recent appearances include Vuval in William Grant Still’s Troubled Island, and Pat in David T. Little’s Dog Days, among others. Concert performances include Don Ottavio from Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the Louisiana Philharmonic, and excerpts from Handel’s Messiah with the Jefferson Chamber Orchestra.

About Joshua South
Joshua South, bass, has performed with 50 Cent, Paul McCartney, Kelli O’Hara, Kelsey Grammar, Brian Dennehy, and many other world-class singers and conductors at many world-class venues like Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. He has been a member of several vocal ensembles, including The Clarion Choir (2017 GRAMMY nomination for Best Choral Performance), St. Thomas Men and Boys Choir, New York City Opera Chorus, New York Choral Artists, the Bard Opera Chorus, and has sung on numerous SAG/AFTRA major motion picture soundtracks. Recently he sang Riff in West Side Story with Central City Opera, Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte (Boulder Opera Company), Sarastro in Magic Flute (Arapahoe Philharmonic), Pandolfe in Cendrillon (Boulder Opera), and Dottore Grenvil in La Traviata (St. Petersburg Opera and Boulder Symphony). Career highlights include a Carnegie Hall debut in the New York Philharmonic’s West Side Story Suites, an Avery Fisher Hall debut with the American Symphony Orchestra, and a New York City debut with Kent Tritle in the Sacred Music in a Sacred Space concert series. Joshua also appeared at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in the critically-acclaimed staging of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, directed by Sir Jonathan Miller.  joshuasouthbass.com

About the Longmont Chorale
The Longmont Chorale provides and supports an open, non-auditioned community choir, enriching the lives of singers and patrons through the study, creation, and performance of beautiful choral music. The full Chorale performs a diverse repertoire of music across genres such as classical, pop, jazz, movie and show tunes, Celtic, and more. All are welcome to sing with the full Chorale, and there is no audition to join; only simple pitch-matching exercises are needed. In addition, the smaller auditioned group, Viva Voce, performs at special events around the Longmont community. Singers perform as part of the Longmont United Hospital’s tree lighting ceremony, and for assisted living residents. longmontchorale.org

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